An advertising campaign will be used to try and encourage more people to get tested for H-I-V and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Wyoming Department of Health’s KnoWyo campaign is used to encourage sexually active people to get tested for S-T-D’s. Spokeswoman Kim Deti says the program has been effective.
“A lot of people who are infected may not realize that they are and the risk there is spreading it to other people. And of course with public health in mind that’s something we want to prevent, we want to prevent the spread of those diseases.”
It’s Wyoming’s most prevalent sexually transmitted disease. Known as the silent infection, most men and women that have Chlamydia never show any symptoms. Left untreated, the infection can eventually lead to infertility in women as well as other complications.
Kim Deti, spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Health, says over 2,500 people were diagnosed with Chlamydia in the state last year—nearly 300 more than the previous year.